From Island To Island: The Creative Journey of Louis Kahn
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This photo exhibition speaks the language of architecture, the universal language of the highly respected Estonian-born American architect Louis I. Kahn [1901-1974]. Comprised of the works of Estonian photographer, architect, and artist Arne Maasik, the exhibition aims to bridge the faraway centuries and countries and unite them with the world we know. Featured in the exhibition are images of Kahn's iconic 20th century buildings juxtaposed with images of ancient and archetypal Estonian architecture.
Louis Kahn's works reflect and link together the ancient past and modern sustainable future, the cultural similarities of the North-South and West-East, as well as the political institutions and shrines of cultural heritage - the world in its eternity and entirety, in its simplicity and complexity.
This multidimensional and multifaceted creativity originates from the architect's life experience as it moves through vast geography and connects with many nations. Being born in Northern Europe in Estonia, brought up and educated in America, and having worked in the United States and Southeast Asia enabled Kahn to amalgamate different cultures and ideas into a singular concept. The eternal vibe of the buildings he designed alludes to architectural elements in Italy, Scotland, Egypt, etc.
However, his works are best represented in the US, as well as India and Bangladesh. Louis I. Kahn is one of the most influential American architects of the 20th century, who still serves as an inspiration, while remaining somewhat of a riddle for architects, researchers, and lovers of architecture around the world. His buildings are refined to the utmost degree and strive for perfection. They create powerful images and metaphors of security, light, and freedom.
Curator: Heie Marie Treier, PhD
This exhibition has been made possible through the support of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and would not have been possible without the assistance and support of Arne Maasik, Heie Marie Treier, Martin Pedanik, and the Tallinn-based Kahn Research Group.
Additional thanks to: Nathaniel Kahn, Alexandra Tyng, Sue Ann Kahn, Hariet Pattison, Anne Tyng, Wendy Lesser, William Whitaker, Jaanika Peerna, David Rothenberg, Toomas Männaste, Tanel Murre, Märt Turk, Mart Kivisild, Sandra Jõgeva, Katrin Saks, Rena Tasuja, Sven Jürgenson, Tiia Nightingale, Margus Kolga, and the Estonian Association of Architects.